Helping your children stay safe online
The online world is scary to many adults. Even those who understand computers probably don’t know all the dangers that exist.
The result is often to try and stop children using the internet completely. However, the internet also has many benefits and telling children “no” can even mean they do it behind your back, where they could be in even more danger.
The best option is to talk to your children regularly about what they do online. Every parent will want to draw a different line at what they think is acceptable, but the best thing to do is learn about the sites, apps and places they use before you have a discussion about what a child can and can’t do online.
The guides below are written specifically for parents and give advice on a number of issues that exist. They are not written by Together Housing Group, so please your own judgement for what you do with them.
If you suspect a crime has been committed, please always inform the police, dialling 999 if there is an immediate emergency. A guide to reporting suspicious or indecent behaviour online is also at the bottom of this page.
- UK Safer Internet Centre Parent Guides;
- ParentZone Guides;
- NSPCC Parent Guides;
- Childnet Parent Resources.
Reporting Content and Abuse
If you believe a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger always dial 999. If you believe a crime has been committed, always report it to the Police by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
- Advice from the Police on reporting concerns about online grooming and predatory behaviour;
- Advice for reporting illegal images.
If you have concerns about your own behaviour or the behaviour of others towards young people and want to seek help in confidence click here.